Friday, 02 March 2012 12:07
Many cover bands mimic the performers that they love and enjoy. However, one band stands out above the rest.
The audience sat waiting eagerly as the lights dimmed and each member of PFX walked on stage and began what was one of the most amazing Pink Floyd tribute shows we’ve ever seen. They opened up with "Shine on You Crazy Diamond (1-5)" and faithfully performed the song. Next was “Welcome to the Machine” and “Have a Cigar” followed by “Wish You Were Here.” They played flawlessly.
After a very brief break, PFX took the stage for Act II, which included many Pink Floyd favorites like “Money,” “Echoes,” “Comfortably Numb” and some B-side songs as well.
The performance was accompanied with a backdrop screen with visuals ranging from psychedelic colors and shapes to the video for “Money” which featured images of excess and poverty. The lightshow was amazing, and the solos truly gave the audience a taste of how mega-talented these musicians are. A standing ovation came not once, but twice after saxophonist Jesse Malloy took center stage, and bassist Gus Beaudoin got several people on their feet with his solo. Keyboardist and sound effects extraordinaire John Cox and drummer Bob Sale were the perfect combination for the special Pink Floyd sound.
Band leader and lead guitarist Tom Quinn and vocalist/guitarist Zachary Throne took center stage in a hypnotizing and purely energy-driven performance.
The phenomenal concert ended with an audience participation sing-along to "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" accompanied by a flying inflatable winged pig. The standing ovations were well-deserved, and we can only hope that PFX finds their way back to Gainesville in the near future.
By Cathleen Rockwell
Photos: © The Pink Floyd Experience